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Real-time energy management of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is a key point for performing effective fuel economy optimization. Offline methods have been developed for energy management optimization when the drive cycle is known. Online real-time methods can provide good results but can only ensure suboptimal management. In this paper, it is assumed that information about the route is available in advance. Using this knowledge, global optimization methods can be used in real-time control to approach optimal fuel consumption while keeping the state of charge (Soc) of the batteries at a desired level. Such a method is presented in this paper. The developed strategy is implemented in a real-time experiment using the power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) principle. The measured fuel consumption and the obtained battery Soc trajectory demonstrate good performance of the proposed control.